This week I spent a good portion of the week setting in front of our coffee table shelling beans or in front of my spinning wheel carding and spinning wool. In between I kept my flour grinder busy with some different flours I wanted to try. My Flour grinder can only run 15 minutes at a time then needs to cool before running again. I had plucked the kernels from several heads of sorghum, shelled the kernels from an Asian sweet corn and also wanted to try grinding some rice flour. It is a process with the sorghum and corn because of their larger kernels they have to be ground several times to get them down to a finer ground flour. I was also amazed that my partial quarts of grain actually filled the jars. They took up more space after grinding. I thought it would be the opposite that they would take up less space in the jar. After the process of grinding the sorghum I was excited to try making something out of it. If you have access to sorghum flour here is a recipe for you to try.

Veggie Sorghum cakes

1 cup sorghum flour

¼ cup corn flour

¼ cup whole wheat flour

½ to 1 cup fine chopped veggies of choice. (I used peppers, onions and mushrooms)

1 teaspoon of my special spice, or season salt of your choice

1 teaspoon of parsley

Enough hot water to make a thick batter that can be pattied out with your hands.

Mix ingredients above. Then using a 1/3 cup scoop patty it out between ¼ and ½ inch thick using a nonstick skillet or well seasoned cast iron skillet or griddle cook your patties on medium heat until crispy on the outside, I turned them every 2 to 3 minutes. I could think of lots of different ways to make these. Perhaps with taco seasoning and poblano peppers, onions and maybe even some pinto beans. Or maybe broccoli, Cauliflower and carrots in them and served with mock cheese sauce on top. If you try these and come up with something new to put in them please let me know as I love trying new recipes.

 I will also give you my special spice recipe.

My Special Spice.

1 cup sea salt

½ c powdered celery (I dehydrate celery and grind it in my flour grinder on fine)

2 tablespoons garlic powder

¼ cup onion powder

2 tablespoons Indian curry

½ cup paprika

1 tablespoon turmeric

¼ cup black pepper

Mix together and store in an air tight container. I keep some in a salt shaker by the stove and on the table. My favorite thing to put this spice on is an avocado.

I just kept working on it this week and finally turned the last of the black beans into 15 quarts of soup beans. I will oven can these next week and tuck them away in the root cellar to use or share later. When I am working on things like this I like to vary my activities. I kept working between shelling beans, grinding flour, and carding and spinning wool. I would set timers and keep switching what I was doing. It worked and I am so excited to have the flours made and no more beans that need shelled this year.

I am also excited and hope it works out. I saw an ad for someone wanting to work for money to buy Christmas for their kids this year. We decided to hire them to lay the pavers in the garden. If this works out that will be one less thing on my “to do” list. After the pain I have dealt with from loading them I figured the smart thing to do would be to hire someone else to lay them down for me. If they do a good job maybe I can get them to put in some of my raised beds when I am ready.

Saturday I celebrated the beans being done with a trip to town. There was a craft bazaar I went to and I also took pictures we had taken and made a Christmas card this year. Duane was my hero this week splitting a huge load of wood for the furnace and also taking me out to eat not once but twice this week.

This week the Lord impressed strongly on my heart how important it is for us to hear his voice and obey it. For obedience equals love. I am so thankful for the times he has spoken to me and all the wonderful things he has done when I took the time to listen.

One of the highlights of my week was this morning at church. Praise and worship was sweet and there were 19 children that were baptized. The most precious part of my morning was when my little Bella came to me and sat on my lap for a bit. She drew me a picture that will live in the art gallery on my fridge for a while. She started out drawing me, then her a bit taller than me and a little heart between us. She finished it later by adding a little striped bird. She made lots of letters and also a piece of candy corn. The whole time she was snuggled into my lap. She straightened my hair to her liking and then headed back to her dad. Little moments like this are precious. I am looking forward to this coming week of Thanksgiving spending time with family and some time with friends. God is good and we are blessed here on the Wade Homestead.